S was lucky enough to have Christmas Eve off, which means we got to spend the whole day eating, and drinking, and watching Christmas movies, and finishing wrapping. Christmas is by far my favorite holiday, but Christmas Eve might actually be my favorite day of the year. It has a feeling of celebration, while still having the anticipation of the next day. Christmas day is obviously amazing too, but there is always a sense of sadness for me, that after a month of shopping, and baking and wrapping and Christmas carols and movies… it's just suddenly over. But regardless of the inevitable sadness that it has to end, it's still the best time of the year!
L was over the top about Christmas this year. I think he may have inherited his mommy's freak flag for holidays! He spent the entire month counting down the days, singing carols and asking all kinds of questions about Santa. L2 and R were excited too, but seeing the amount of understanding and how inquisitive L was was pretty special.
(Trying to explain to R that he couldn't eat Santa's cookies!)
(Our annual tradition of "The Night Before Christmas" in front of the Christmas tree. I don't think anyone was actually listening to me!)
On Christmas Eve S and I always put on Christmas movies and put together/ finishing wrapping all of the boys Santa presents. This year we got them an easel and their own little table and chair set. (among many other things!)
We always stay up to late for what is inevitable an early morning wake up the next morning, but it's always worth it!
(R and S had a little bit of trouble waking up, but L and L2 were ready to go!)
We always walk down together so we can catch the boys expression on video, and then open stocking while Daddy makes us some much needed coffee!
(Opening his stocking!)
After stockings (and coffee) we try to have the kids open gifts in a nice and orderly fashion, one at time. That usually doesn't work out, but we do manage to have some sort of organized chaos.
L2 and R got a little overwhelmed about halfway though. I think there was just too much going on. So we had to take a couple breaks and help them open a few presents. At a certain point they both just wanted to sit at their new table and eat the goldfish Santa left them in their stockings!
And, after it is all said and done, out house looks like a tornado went through it, but our family is happy and cozy as we play with new gifts and eat Christmas breakfast.
It was another Christmas, made perfect not because of the stuff, but because our little family was together and happy and healthy. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Goodnight!